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Spotlight on Website: Greater Good January 12, 2014

Here’s a free website that allows you to help others, no account required. Greater Good is a site entirely dedicated to money donations for, well, the greater good. It sells fair trade items and donates percentages of your purchases to great causes. Each day they have a different project- today’s was getting 24 children to a hospital by way of donations and free-clicks-to-donate. In the past, Greater Good has done a lot of good with their clicks. Greater Good

Here are some of their click-to-donate successes.

They have:

  • provided 6 months of care to an orphaned moose
  • sent an orphan to school for 5 months
  • given a sea lion food for a month
  • matched 5 veterans with pets that will help them
  • fed 4,000 seniors
  • donated toys to children in the developing world
  • built ‘castles’ for shelter cats

And many more! Want to get in on the action? All you have to do is check out  Greater Good. It has many sub-sites such as The Hunger Site, The Literacy Site, The Animal Rescue Site and The Breast Cancer Site, all dedicated to the special causes that their names suggest.

With just one click, you can do things like:

  • give free food to an animal shelter
  • give a woman with breast cancer a mammogram
  • donate a book to a child in need
  • fight hunger and poverty every day
  • save land in a forest
  • help wildlife

And it’s freeAll you have to do is click a simple button. I love free click websites, because it’s so easy and you can do it every day. Free clicks are a great way to help whatever cause you want, like breast cancer help, encouraging literacy, or feeding the homeless. I have enormous respect for the donors who give the food/books/mammograms/etc when anyone clicks.

You can also sign up for a daily reminder. Each day, they will send you a email telling you to click the free buttons.

Don’t forget to click at as well! We’ve made a previous post about it.



Could It Possibly Be? August 26, 2013

After paper is made, there is left over wood pulp that has been sheared off so the surface of the sheet is smooth and able to be written on or ran through a printer. Once this pulp is gone it cannot be reused, as it is already dried and would not work properly if re-wet.
Where does it go, exactly? Wouldn’t you love to know – wait…promise you won’t hate me. This surplus of wood pulp goes into your food, that’s what. Can you believe it? No?
Well, you will.
McDonald’s McFlurries: (By the way , note how they do not say ‘McShake’s’ or something equally corny. Why, you dare to ask? Because it is not real milk. But that’s only the tip of the iceberg.) They are thick, creamy, delicious goblets of liquidated heaven, with maybe a few OreoTM bits stirred in. Or, that’s what they want you to think. In reality, you are so eagerly slurping up wood. Cellulose, one of the key compotes produced and inside wood, thickens food and gives it the texture similar to what flour or oil would provide. Some absolute genius discovered this, and now the cheapskate fast food restaurants are thinking…’JACKPOT!’ And not just restaurants… but companies as well. They have gone to the dark side.
Kraft Bagel-Fuls
Aunt Jemima’s ‘home made’ Maple Syrup
Processed Cheese
Guess what one organic ingredient these have in common? (HINT: …cellulose….)
Surprise! I think I ruined somebody’s happy illusion of delicious fast food. And I’m sorry, if that indeed is the case. But you people need to know what you’re really eating. If the human body ingests cellulose, it is completely indigestible. Instead, it sloshes around your stomach for a while until your body decides to get rid of it (don’t pretend you don’t know what I’m talking about)
How disgusting is that?!
Well, happy fast-food eating! BEWARE THE EXCESS WOOD PULP!


Oh, Fun Fact Of The Day! Some loaves of bread have equal wood concent of the (yep! you guessed it!) wooden cutting board they may be sitting on.


E-Books February 26, 2013

Filed under: Forest Conservation,Lifestyle — ashtheauthor @ 5:14 pm
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You know my older post about e-magazines and e-newspapers? I neglected to mention that there are e-books, too, although you probably know about that already. E-Books are great for the environment, because they are, of course, electronic, meaning less trees will be cut down to create books. However, if you’re not so sure you want to trade out your nice paper copy- I, myself, have a Nook tablet, but like real, paper books better- another good option is to check books out from the library, since those books aren’t read just once or twice, but hundreds of times, and anyone can access them.

Hope you consider this the next time you’re in a bookstore and, instead of buying books, make a list of books on scrap paper or your electronic device and proceed to head over to the library and, when you check out your books, tell the librarian you would prefer to not have a receipt.

Let’s make an effort to go green. Let’s save the planet. Let’s be Bonsai.

Nik, Author at Bonsai


E-Magazines and E-Newspapers February 22, 2013

Filed under: Forest Conservation,Lifestyle — ashtheauthor @ 3:30 pm
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Hi everyone! You all know how, here at Bonsai, we’re making an effort to save paper and go green. You know this is a e-newsletter, but have you heard of e-magazines and e-newspapers? For a lesser price, you can get the exact same magazine or newspaper that you get delivered daily/weekly/monthly on your phone or tablet. Sometimes, there are even bonus features that can only be accessed by getting the electronic version!
Next time a magazine sends you a notice that you need to renew, try getting the electronic version to save paper and trees.
Do you get e-magazines and e-newspapers? Comment and tell us your opinion!

Nik, Author at Bonsai


Paper Usage February 20, 2013

Filed under: Forest Conservation,Lifestyle,Recycling — ashtheauthor @ 5:05 am
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Ever seen those people who start to draw something on a piece of paper, then decide it’s not good enough and chuck it in the trash, at the same time reaching for another piece of paper? Was that person you? There are many things wrong with that, and here are a few:
~ Paper is made from trees, and you wouldn’t just throw trees in the trash, would you? Well, that’s essentially what you’re doing. You can save paper by using scratch paper or downloading an app on your phone or tablet like Fresh Paint, which allows you to draw without wasting paper. Also, there’s that handy little “undo” button.
~ Paper doesn’t belong in the trash. If you use paper, recycle it. That makes it so that someone will get your old paper made into new paper, instead of trees made into new paper.
~ If you use paper for notes or drawing, make sure that you use both sides instead of throwing the paper away with a blank side.
~ When you buy paper, check the label for anything from 1% recycled paper (which is better than none) and 100% recycled paper (which is awesome!). One brand I like that has notebooks with 50-60% recycled paper is Greenroom. Hope you think of this the next time you reach for another piece of paper! Better yet, spread the word about this so that your friends help the earth, too!

Nik, Author at Bonsai


Trees and Us February 17, 2013

Zoooooom. A tree chopper is chopping a tree off. Crash. The tree falls. That is not good.

Trees purify the air, and if we chop all of them, our planet’s air will be rather filthy. Yuck!  Trees are already being chopped, but you can help. The way how you can help is planting trees, even if its a tiny Bonsai Tree.

Plants also help purify the air too. Even some house plants. Buy some plants, and plant them inside and outside your house. They will make the air much better.

Go Green!

Ruby, President of Bonsai


Trees and Droughts January 24, 2013

Filed under: Forest Conservation — mochi @ 12:47 am

Trees all over the world are dying because of a new predicament found in the xylem. This is what the research of Brendan Choat and Dr. Hervé Cochard points to, and it means that the trees’ chances of surviving drought are becoming very slim. Air bubbles crop up by the dozen for xylem in trees standing through a period of limited rainfall. They are blocking water transport through the sinewy strands of xylem and essentially leading to the plant’s death. The reason for the increased levels of dryness is climate change, which has altered general rainfall and caused the droughts to be more severe. The trees’ problems are far from over- 70% of the trees studied by the scientists in this project are likely to die at the next serious drought. Furthermore, xylem tissue also starts to dry up and fail on the tree, which, combined with bubbly roadblocks, is a very serious problem for our deciduous friends. We must counteract the fate that has befallen them by planting more trees and decreasing Global Warming, the effects of which have many more consequences than simply the murder of innocent conifers. Thanks to the efforts of the scientists, now that one understands about the disruption in physiology, we can begin to change it. If you have ideas, please send them in on the Submit Your Work page.

Ceej, Vice President of Bonsai


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